The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center of the Sheridan Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of a new fellowship opportunity for JHU graduate students in the humanities. The Denis Family Graduate Student Curatorial Fellow will serve as co-curator of an exhibition of photographs by the Baltimore photographer John Clark Mayden, to open in the fall of 2019.

Working with the curators and exhibition team, the curatorial fellow will develop exhibition elements to complement a selection of approximately fifty black-and-white photographs—primarily portraits of African-American subjects in Baltimore neighborhoods, dating from the early 1970s through 2010. Sample photos may be viewed here:

Ideally, the fellow will contribute to a map of the Baltimore locations where the photographs were taken and a gallery guide; ideas for other exhibition elements are welcome, however, including programming possibilities, such as tours and other public events.

The stipend for the position is $3500.00, for the period beginning in February 2019 and extending through the exhibition launch in fall 2019. Within this period, the weekly time commitment is flexible but the fellow should be prepared to dedicate several hours per week to the project. Off-site work will be possible for some stages of the project but the fellow should be prepared to spend significant time during the summer of 2019 in Baltimore.

Desired qualifications:

  • Research focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century photography, especially portraiture; history of African-American art; African-American cultural history; and/or Baltimore history.
  • Experience with or interest in the public humanities.
  • Strong writing skills in academic and non-academic prose genres.

Application procedures:

To apply, please submit by Friday, December 14, 2018:

  • a letter of interest with a description of your research interests and experience, your thoughts about exhibition elements, your interest in or experience with the public humanities or other experience relevant to this exhibition, and information about your other commitments, especially regarding your availability to work on a deadline-oriented project this spring, summer, and fall of 2019;
  • a CV including the names of two faculty referees; and
  • a 10-page sample of academic or public writing, which may represent a complete short piece or an extract.

The successful applicant will be notified in early January.

Please send any questions you might have and complete applications via email to:

Gabrielle Dean, PhD
William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Sheridan Libraries